UN official calls for education to combat racism in football

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Children play football next to an IDP camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, UN PHOTO / TOBIN JONES.

Racism is not a problem of sport or football but that of society and everyone has a role to play in combating it.

That's what Wilfried Lemke, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace said at an event on racism in sport organized by the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva on Monday.

Presidents of all regional football confederations have been invited to the event as part of the ongoing engagement with regional sports bodies to encourage them to do more to combat racism in sport.

Mr. Lemke said there must be zero tolerance for racism on the pitch and outside the pitch.

"Racism is not a problem of football. Racism is a problem of society, of people, of governments of families and neighbourhoods and not of sport, especially here football. This is the first very very important thing for me to learn. It's a question for all of us working for governments. What we can do? And there, the most important point is education." (26")

The event in Geneva is part of the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

The declaration is named after the South African city of Durban where the world conference against racism was held in 2001.

Jocelyn Sambira, United Nations.

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